Thursday, June 26, 2003
Westporter Arrested in NY Dance Club 75 Years Ago Remembered
Oh, the perils of a newspaper morgue.
New York Daily News columnist Michael Daly, in a column commenting on New York Citys efforts to revise its cabaret law, recalls an incident at a club 75 years ago involving a Westporter.
He noted that over the decades, the law became less and less an instrument of prejudice and more a means to shutter establishments deemed too loud or otherwise a nuisance.
ғA July 8, 1928, raid on the Pulman Cafe at 361 Lenox Ave. netted 37 colored and white patrons,’” Daly wrote.
“A newspaper reporter noted that the prisoners included the ёfemale impersonator Jack Melleno and David Feldman of Main St. in suburban Westport, Conn.
“ҒMr. Feldman said he had stopped by after missing his train, The News reported.Ҕ
A 1933 Westport telephone directory lists no Feldman on Main Street but there is a Mrs. Fanny Feldman at 39 Gorham Ave.